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lucien

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O.K. im looking to buy a good but decently priced laptop computer.. i've found a a few in my price range but i dont know if it would be worth buying...

Choice #1 ACER ASPIRE 3002WLCI NOTEBOOK TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

* SPECIFICATIONS: Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Home English
* CPU: Mobile AMD Sempron™
* CPU Range (GHz): 2800+
* L2 Cache: 128KB/256MB L2 cache
* Chipset: SiS M760GX
* Video Output: 4 x AGP
* Video Chipset: SiS M760GX
* VRAM: Up to 128MB DVMT (shared)
* RAM Standard (Max.): 256MB (2GB) DDR333 SDRAM
* Hard Disk (Min./Max.): 40GB
* Screen Technology: TFT
* Screen Size: 15.4" WXGA Acer CrystalBrite
* Screen Resolution: 1280 x 800 (15.4"WXGA) pixel; 16.7 million colours; 16:10 viewing ratio
* Maximum External Resolution: 2048 x 1536
* DualView™ Support
* VGA Port
* Audio: SiS 963L + Realtek ALC203
* Speakers: 3D Stereo
* Floppy Disk Drive: External USB 1.44MB (option)
* Optical Drive: Internal DVD/CD-RW combo
* Power Adapter: 65W
* Battery Technology (Power): 29W (4Cell)
* Battery Technology (mAH): 2000 (4cell)
* Average Battery Life: 1.5-hr
* Recharge Time (charge-in-use): 3.5-hr
* Recharge Time (power off): 2.5-hr
* USB: USB2.0 x 3
* Other Ports: RJ-45; RJ-11; Line-in; Line-out
* Cardbus: Type II x 1
* Weight: 15": 2.76kg (6.08lbs.)
* 15.4" 2.80kg (6.17lbs.)
* Dimensions (W x D x H) 364 x 279 x 33.9/38.9mm (14.3 x 11 x 1.3/1.5")
* Modem: Intergrated 56K ITU V.92
* LAN: Internal / Realtek
* Wireless LAN: Ambit 802.11 b/g
* Bluetooth Vendor: WNC
* Bluetooth Type: Mini USB
* Acer Signal-Up Technology
* WiFi Compliance
* CCX Compliance
* New Folio ID
* D2D
* Hidden Partition Size (D2D): 2.0GB
* Acer eManager: eSetting/ePresentation/eRecovery
* Acer GirdVisa: Acer GirdVisa (supported on 15.4" screen)
* Acer Arcade
* Acer Software: Acer Launch Manager
* Other Sofware(s) From Third Party: Norton AntiVirus; Adobe Reader; NTI CD-Maker; Cyberlink PowerProducer™












Choice #2
ACER ASPIRE AS1414WLCI-XPH NOTEBOOK

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

* SPECIFICATIONS: Processor: Intel® Celeron M 350 Processor
* Operating System: Microsoft® Windows® XP Home
* Memory: Standard Memory: 512MB RAM
* Hard Disk Drive: 40GB; Optical Drive: Built-in CDRW/DVD-ROM Combo; Display System: 15.4" WXGA CrystalBright™ TFT colour LCD display; Graphics Controller: Shared video memory; Wireless: 802.11b/g LAN, 10/100BT NIC; Modem: 56K V.90/V.92 modem; AC Adapter: 120W external Universal AC adaptor input voltage (100-240V 50/60Hz Frequency (Universal), output voltage (19V, 6.3A)




Choice #3 COMPAQ PRESARIO M2010CA NOTEBOOK

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

* SPECIFICATIONS: Microprocessor: 1.3GHz Intel® Celeron® M Processor 350; Microprocessor Cache: 1MB L2 Cache; Memory: 256 DDR SDRAM (1 x 256MB) at 266Mhz; Memory Max: 1024MB DDR SDRAM (2 x 512MB); Video Graphics: Intel® Extreme Graphics 2; Video Memory: 64mb (shared); Hard Drive: 40GB (4200RPM) Hard Drive; Diskette Drive: External USB Floppy Drive available for customers via hpshopping.com or local retailers; Multimedia Drive: 24X DVD/CD-RW Combo Drive; Display: 15.0"XGA TFT (1024 x 768) display; Fax/Modem: High Speed 56k modem; Network Card: Integrated 10/100BASE-T Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 connector); Wireless Connectivity: 54g™ 802.11b/g WLAN with 125HSM/SpeedBooster™ support; Sound: Internal speakers; JBL Pro Performance; AC audio link; volume control button and mute button; Keyboard: 101-key compatible; Pointing Device: Touch Pad with On/Off button and dedicated vertical and horizontal Scroll Up/Down pad; PC Card Slots: 1 Type I/II 32-bit card bus (also supports 16-bit); External Ports: 2 Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0, 1 headphone-out, 1 microphone-in, 1 VGA (15-pin), 1 RJ-11 (modem), 1 RJ -45 (LAN), 1 IEEE 1394(4-pin); Dimensions (W x L x H): 33.40 x 27.43 x 3.58cm(min.)/4.52(max.) (13.15 x 10.80 x 1.41ins.(min.)/1.78ins.(max.); Weight: 2.85kg (6.29lbs); Security: Kensington® MicroSaver lock slot, Power-on password, Accepts 3rd party security lock devices; Power: 65W AC adapter, 6-Cell Lithium-Ion battery; Software: Operating System: Microsoft® Windows® XP Home Edition+Service Pack 2; Security and Support: Symantec™ Norton Antivirus 2005™ (complementary 60 days Live Update); Notebook Help & Support: Adobe™ Acrobat Reader (English Version Only); Multimedia: Sonic RecordNow, InterVideo WinDVD, Apple iTunes and Apple iTunes Music Store, Adobe PhotoShop Album STE, muvee autoProducer; Productivity and Finance: Microsoft ® Works, Microsoft ® Money, MSN® Encarta® Plus, Microsoft® Office 2003 Student and Teacher Edition:60 day trial version, MS Zones.com; Internet Solutions: AOL® Dial-Up: AOL® Dial -Up






Thanks in advance for any help picking out the right best deal :tazz:
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I highly reccomend AGAINST intel proccessors. They run hotter and slower than AMD, leaving you with a very heated lap. Trust me, it sucks.

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ok.. well i only want to spend about 1000$ canadian... i got all these laptops from http://www.thesourcecc.com/ there quite a few more there but i only posted 3 of them
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Well I learned the hard way to always read a review if available before you buy a product.
Try looking up the model number and maker of the laptop here:
http://www.epinions.com
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The New York Times reviews every laptop and media device in its circuits section. You can get some Dell laptops for around $600-plus (American) right now. I have one and I love it.
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I looked up a review for the ACER ASPIRE 3002WLCI and it seemed prety good exept for the short battery life.. is there a way to get a longer battery life and do the rest of the specs for it seem good?
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Battery life depends on what you do with the laptop. Like if you just use it to type up on wordpad it could take about 2 hours to drain the batter but if you are playing a dvd or power hungry game it may be about a hour. It just depends on how much of your system you use.

There are optional batteries that last up to 7 hours. They are flat like a mouse pad. I saw them on ebay once.
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One could go for bigger longer lasting batteries but I just always try to have two batteries, one that I use without caring knowing that it will wear out and the other which I only use of longish trips once in a while, why because of all the times I forget that I have left my computer plugged un and charging overnight and because if you try to rotate battteries fairly you just end up with two used worn batteries after a certain time.

btw, the point you haven't made is what exactly you will be doing with your laptop, are you a game'er, or just the mail and text type: needs detate which type of laptop you require.
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Well... i want the computer mostly for school... like for typing up my notes and what not.. but i also want to be able to play games like ghost recon and red alert 2. not the biggest most demanding games ever for a pc.

Edited by lucien, 26 June 2005 - 08:59 PM.

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